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In Avid Media Composer 5 Essential Training, author Ashley Kennedy demonstrates basic and intermediate editing techniques in Media Composer, one of the most widely used nonlinear, video editing systems. This course covers how to build sequences, mix audio, color correct footage, apply effects, and troubleshoot common post-production issues in Media Composer. Exercise files accompany the course.
Switching shots in the timeline is really important, but sometimes you just want to move a shot without affecting any shots around it. To achieve this, you'll use the other type of Segment Mode, Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode, located here on the left hand side of the Timeline Palette. To enable Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode, you simply click on the red arrow and just as before, my cursor turns into an arrow. If I need to move through my sequence, I'm going to go down to my timecode drag and shuttle through like that. The ruler up here also works.
Make sure that this is the only tool selected in the Timeline palette. If you have this selected as well, it'll behave a little bit differently. So for now, just make sure that this is selected. Let's take a look at a couple of these cuts and we'll talk about how we can use Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode to change things around. Let's zoom-in and play through. (Music playing) Okay, let's go ahead and try to get this shot a little bit closer to the beat of the music and we can do so by simply nudging it over a little bit.
I'm going to help myself by marking an In point at the location where I'd like to move this over. So let's go ahead and identify where that is. (Music playing) Now right there is where we get a little change in the music. I'm going to mark an In, and if I grab on to this, just like I did before and I hold down Ctrl, I'm able to move this around and with the Ctrl held down, it's going to snap to not only edit points but also In points.
So I've marked an In. I've snapped to that. I'm going to release and now I have this shot exactly where I want it to be and as you see, it lifted it and overwrote it and left filler behind. Let's just take a look at what this looks like. (Music playing) Okay, that's pretty good. We're not going to worry about this for right now. We've another method for fixing that later, so let's just move on.
Looks like we've another node here. Let's see how we can improve this. (Music playing) All right, well this is an obvious one. We have a really big change in music here, and we have a really nice shot that we can use there. Let's go ahead and mark an In -- (Music playing) Right there. We're going to grab this shot and again, holding Ctrl, move it over to the left.
As it is going to snap to my In-point, I release, and let's see if this looks a little bit better. (Music playing) All right, I think that works really well. We have the perfect shot to occur at this point in music change, so it looks like we're good. I'm going to zoom-out and just as before, I'm going to demonstrate how to delete material using the Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode.
Now, if I'd like to delete a shot, again I'll choose this shot here, and I want to delete an entire segment, not based on In and Out points, but based on an entire segment, I can do so by selecting it and then hitting the Delete key. As you can see, it behaves exactly like a Lift. It is going to leave everything where it is, lift my shot out and leave fillers in its place. Then I can come back and choose to put another shot in there at a different point in time. I'm going to undo this, because I really don't want to lose that shot.
Don't worry about these gaps in the timeline. We'll look at a way to fill those gaps in a later movie. Now, there's also a way to turn on both Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode and Extract/Splice Segment Mode. If I enable them both, then I can come over to the timeline and as you can see as I drag through the timeline, I'm getting yellow arrows, I'm getting red arrows. Is there any reason to it? Yes, there is. If I zoom-in and if I want to make my track larger, I can do so by pressing Ctrl+L. You can see my Video Track grow larger which will be useful for this demonstration.
If I'm at the lower part of my segment, I get my Extract/Splice Segment Mode and if I'm at the upper part of my segment, I get Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode. In this way, I can enable both Segment Modes and depending on where I'm inside the segment, determines exactly what type of Segment Mode I'm in. So in this way, I can sort of on the fly change either locations of shots or nudge shots one way or the other. If I want to move this over slightly, I can just take it with my Lift/Overwrite Segment Mode, nudge it over like so.
I'm going to Ctrl+Z that to Undo or if I want to change shots entirely, I go towards the lower part of my segment, Ctrl+Click+Drag, switch the shots, and there we go. Again, I'm going to Undo. Now that you know how to edit shots with Splice and Overwrite, remove shots with Extract and Lift and move them around using Segment Mode, you're on your way. Each of these functions is related to one another in a fundamental way. They add, subtract ,and move shots by correlating operations of either inserting and extracting or overwriting and moving material.
You may have noticed that the related functions are linked by color. The yellow functions of Splice, Extract, and Segment Splice are related while the red functions of Overwrite, Lift, and Segment Overwrite are related. We'll take a look in one more addition to these red and yellow families in an upcoming chapter.
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